The first time I visited Philly, it was eight years ago. Even though the city was in transition with all the construction, it still was one of my favorite cities. Fast forward to last weekend, I headed back to the City of Brotherly Love to hang out with my blogger boo Grown & Curvy Woman. In conjunction with Visit Philly, we wanted to show all that the city of Philadelphia has to offer. Not only is it a great vacation spot (it's only 2 hours away from NYC), there is so much to do in the city it's even great for staycationers (Grown & Curvy Woman lives in Philly). If you didn't get a chance to see some behind the scenes on Snapchat and IG (follow me @styleoversize) here is all that I saw during my weekend stay.
Walking Mural Tour
On Saturday, Georgette and I took part in the Mural Mile Walking Tour. The program was created in the 80's to encourage artists to create art in their communities and to deter graffiti. Cheyenne, our tour guide took us through the city and explained the history of the murals. Philly has over 1000 murals around the city, and some murals are maintained, repurposed to display new art, or even created in conjunction with those in the community. For example, the third mural was created alongside children participating in the arts program. The artist then took all the different pictures from the children and combined all the art into a cohesive mural. As a wall girl, getting a chance to see all the different art created was eye opening. There are so many murals in this city, it's easy to just walk or drive by and not give it a second look. To learn some of the pieces and the inspiration behind it was pretty amazing. The tour is two hours so make sure you have on some layers and comfortable shoes. You will not be disappointed.
Reading Terminal Market
When you think of Philly, you think of the arts, the Liberty Bell, but Philly is starting to become known for the great restaurants. For foodies, Reading Terminal Market is the place to be. From burgers, to sushi, to Amish chicken, this is the place to go if you want to be in a food coma. There is a buffet, several places to buy fresh seafood, and all the desserts you could possibly want. Walking through the market is an experience all in itself because it is packed with people heading to different vendors to get their fix. I have a major sweet tooth, so I tried the red velvet layer cake in the last picture. When it comes to mini cakes, especially red velvet a lot of the time the icing seeps into the cake and makes it mushy. Not this cake. The layers and the cake was just perfection. If you love cannoli's and mini cake, definitely check out the Termini Bro's Bakery. This place has something even for the pickiest of eaters, so you must make it your mission to check it out.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
On my last day in Philly, we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to check out their latest exhibit, Paint The Revolution: Mexican Modernism. The art featured spanned from the 1910's-1950's. Artists such as Frida Kahlo (one of my favorite artists of all time), Diego Rivera were amongst those featured. Kahlo & Diego are the most well known, but it was cool to learn about other Mexican artists such as Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Dr Atl. If you are into the arts. the exhibit is available until January. If you don't get a chance to see this one, there are so may pieces of art available to make an afternoon of it. Also you can always run up the infamous Rocky steps and check out the breathtaking views of the city.
Though my weekend was short, I definitely had an amazing time. I was able to see an amazing city with a friend, enjoy so much great food (which I do not feel guilty about since we did a lot of walking) and just enjoy some time away from NYC. Added bonus, our hotel was in walking distance from Dilworth Park so we got a chance to see people showing off their ice skating skills at the Rothman Ice Rink. I will always enjoy watching those ice skate, but this clumsy fashionista is staying off the ice (lol).
Thank you again Visit Philly for this amazing opportunity. To see all that Philly has to offer and to help plan any upcoming trips, head to the Visit Philly website.